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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Werner Weiss

Yesterland: Minnie’s Christmas Party

It’s 2001. Chip ’n’ Dale, Goofy, and Pluto all think that it’s their turn to play Santa. They all show up at the party wearing Santa garb. (This is an expanded version of an...

Yesterland: “it’s a small world” Holiday

It’s the 1997 holiday season at Yesterland. As you approach the familiar building, you hear a familiar tune—but not the tune you expect to hear. It’s “Jingle Bells!” So where is the maddeningly catchy...

Yesterland: Sunshine Plaza – Sun Icon and Wave Fountain

Please don’t call it the Hubcap. Sure, it’s at the hub of this theme park, and it’s a bulging, round, decorative object, much like the bowl-like disks that hide the lug nuts on old...

Yesterland: Paper FASTPASS Distribution at Walt Disney World

Paper FASTPASS Distribution. Born at Walt Disney World, July 1999. Died at Walt Disney World, January 2014. Beloved by park guests as a way to limit time waiting in lines. Survived by its offspring…   Read...

Twister… Ride It Out

Twister, the 1996 disaster flick, had a worldwide box office gross of almost a half billion dollars. That’s a lot of money. So it’s not surprising to find a theme park attraction based on...

Yesterland: Haunted Mansion Holiday, First Season

It’s 2001 in Yesterland. For the first time ever, the Haunted Mansion has been transformed. It’s not just decorated on the outside. It’s practically a new attraction on the inside.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE:...

Yesterland: Bringing Back the Missions at Knott’s Berry Farm

If you visited Knott’s Berry Farm between the 1950s and mid-1990s, you might remember that the park once had a collection of large models of the 21 California missions on display between Calico Square...

Yesterland: Hollywood Land Needs Help

The land that is now Hollywood Land has changed over the years—but it still needs many large and small improvements to bring it up to the standards that Disney California Adventure guests now expect....

Yesterland: Disneyland Hotel – Then & Now, Part 2

Throughout its 60 years, the Disneyland Hotel has gained and lost many features. The improvements of 2009 though 2012 arguably make the hotel the best it’s been this century. The Disneyland Hotel is a...

Yesterland: Disneyland Hotel – Then & Now, Part 1

Disneyland Hotel historian Don Ballard has an amazing collection of photos from the decades when the Hotel was owned by Wrather Corporation. Don recently challenged Werner Weiss to use some of them for a...

Yesterland: Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island

Fort Wilderness is built from actual logs. The materials give the fort an authentic look. Wood requires care to protect it from the elements and from termites. It’s a good thing this park is...

Yesterland: The Inn At The Park

It’s been a long day. You’re tired, so you decide to spend the night nearby. You use a convenient pay phone at the park exit to call the Disneyland Hotel. But—sorry—there are no vacancies...

Yesterland: Popnology

Although it’s not an exhibit about Disney, Popnology at LACF has quite a few references to Walt Disney and Disneyland. That’s not surprising, given how Walt Disney was a pop culture visionary who advanced...

Yesterland: DCA Then & Then & Now – Grizzly Peak Airfield

Two years ago, Yesterland ran comparison photos of Condor Flats in its early years and 2013. Condor Flats is now Grizzly Peak Airfield—so Yesterland added a third photo for each subject. It’s a dramatic...

Yesterland: 60 Closings in 60 Years — Part 2: 1985 to 2015

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, I made a Yesterland list. For each year that Disneyland has been open, I would find something—just one thing—that CLOSED that year. There are 31 entries...

Yesterland Goes to D23 Expo

Werner Weiss shares his experience, impressions, and opinions from the 2015 D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Yesterland Goes to D23 Expo   When you are done reading, please leave your...

Yesterland: 60 Closings in 60 Years — Part 1: 1955 to 1984

But this is Yesterland. So here’s Part 1 of a list of something that CLOSED each year since Disneyland opened. I picked just one for each year. Some years, there were quite a few...

Midget Autopia 3.0: Plans for the Return of a Classic Ride

Although a third Midget Autopia sounds good, is there any real chance that it will ever be a reality? Yes! The Walt Disney Hometown Museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the return...

Yesterland: Food Rocks

The entertainers of Food Rocks are fruits, vegetables, dairy products, a basket of treats, a fish, a sandwich, kitchen tools, bags of junk food—and even food packaging.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Food Rocks   When you...

Yesterland: Taste Pilots’ Grill

Grab a table inside this airfield hangar repurposed as an eatery. Pretend you’re at a hangout for test pilots, with mementos of their accomplishment decorating this utilitarian space.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Taste Pilots’...